Girls Rock After School Program

Girls Rock After School Program (GRASP) is a 10-week program for girls 8-18 years old. Students attend instrument lessons, form a band, collaboratively write an original song, participate in workshops, and perform with their band at a live showcase.

Student Application

Financial Aid Application

WHO: Bay Area Girls Rock Camp is open to self-identified girls and trans youth aged 8-18 (3rd-12th grade). All musical experience levels are welcome at GRASP and we provide all of the instruments.  No prior musical experience is necessary.

WHEN: January 5th, 2016 - March 10th, 2016.  We have two programs available.  Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-6:30pm or Thursdays only from 3:30-6:30pm.  The last day of programming is March 10th followed by a showcase on Saturday March 12th, each band will perform an original song.

WHERE: GRASP is located at the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts in downtown Oakland @ 1428 Alice Street. Malonga is fully accessible with access to elevators.

Full tuition for GRASP is $450.  Tuition for Thursdays only is $350.  We offer full and partial financial aid upon request, and no one is turned away for lack of funds. To apply, please fill out the financial aid application in addition to the student application.

If you have any questions, feel free to call our office at (510) 267-1808 or email

For inspiration, check out past GRASP band recordings on our Music Page, and the band photos on our Photo Page

Activities at GRASP:

  • Instrument instruction: At BAGRC, we offer a curriculum that encourages creative exploration with an emphasis on process, not perfection. Girls learn to compose, arrange, and improvise music on the instrument of their choice: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, or vocals. No musical experience is required and we provide instruments for everyone (but students are welcome to bring their own guitars or basses). Tuesdays
  • Band practice: Students form bands with their peers on the first day of GRASP, and work together to collaboratively write an original song. Each band works with a female mentor (their "band manager") who provides guidance, encouragement and instrument support throughout the songwriting process. Thursdays
  • Workshops: Students attend workshops during every session of GRASP.  Workshops are geared toward increasing music skills, self-expression and building confidence, while challenging gender stereotypes and addressing discrimination. Workshops at GRASP are catered to each age group and may include Music Herstory, Zine & Comic Making, Screenprinting, Image & Identity, Healthy Relationships, Video-making, Songwriting, How to Book a Show, Breakdancing, Self-Defense, Alternative Instruments and more. Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Showcase: Each band performs its original song for an audience of 500 adoring friends, family and fans.

GRASP Winter 2013 band "The Universe of Supernovaliciousness"

GRASP Fall 2013 band "90s Inspired"

Interested in volunteering at GRASP? Find out more on our volunteer page.